Final 25 days of the season starts with tonight’s games. The chart below shows the schedule and other information for the teams currently holding the 3rd to 10th spot in the west.
Most teams have 13 games left, while the Grizzlies have 16 left to play. However, on a positive note for Memphis’ schedule consider these facts.
☻ They have the easiest remaining SOS (strength of schedule) of these 8 eight teams,
☻ They play 8 teams at 500 or less (≤ 500),
☻ They play the most home games-9,
☻ 7 or the last 8 games they play are against under 500 teams.
The Lakers have a good remaining schedule with 8 of 13 games at home, but 8 of the teams have a winning record. The Clippers have a rough remaining schedule with only 5 of 14 games at home and they play 8 teams with a winning record. Dallas has 6 or 13 remaining games at home and they play 8 teams with a winning record.
So, the Lakers, Clippers and Mavericks all could stumble and allow the Grizzlies to move up, although it seems to me that Dallas is playing the best ball between LAL, LAC, DAL and MEM.
It would be good to get some comments about people’s views of the remaining schedule and who you think has the edge.